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New Orleans CERT

New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness
Date last updated: Dec 10, 2014

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2002

Geographic Area: ORLEANS (County)

Point of Contact:
Eric Pickering
Commander CERT
New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness
1300 Perdido Street
Room 9W03
New Orleans, LA 70112

(504) 658-8700


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 4 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 30

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 4000

Local CERT Programs offer training to the general public and/or to particular groups in the community. This CERT Program holds classes for the following groups:

  • General public / Open classes

  • Specific neighborhood groups

  • Businesses

  • Government groups

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Teens / Youth

  • Colleges / Universities

Language(s) in which the program conducts CERT training:

  • English

  • Spanish

Supplemental Training

Does this program offer or require supplemental training in addition to the CERT Basic Training Course? Yes

Supplemental training conducted, recommended, and/or required for CERT members:

  • CERT Animal Response I

  • CERT Animal Response II

  • IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)

  • IS-200.a ICS for Single Resources

  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

  • IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

  • Amateur radio operation

  • Animals in emergencies (training other than CERT Animal Response modules)

  • Additional CBRNE awareness

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Decontamination techniques

  • Basic first aid

  • Additional Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Additional National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • Mass care

  • Shelter operations/management

  • Additional Search & Rescue


A total of 20 CERTs have participated in 6 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:5

Types of emergencies/disasters to which the CERTs have responded:

  • Flood

  • Hurricane / Coastal storm

  • Missing person search

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Medical intervention (triage or treatment)

  • Evacuation of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs

  • Animal evacuation or shelter

  • General evacuation

  • General evacuation

  • Sandbagging

  • Managing / processing supplies or donations

  • Traffic management / Crowd management

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Utility control / Shut off

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Conducting or supporting threat/hazard assessments

  • Mitigation activities (including home safety/prevention assistance, such as winterizing homes, installing smoke detectors, etc.)

  • Conduct and support emergency preparedness efforts and projects, including sharing information with the public about protective actions and encouraging them to practice

  • Support emergency planning, exercises, and drills in the community, including for neighborhoods, schools, and businesses

  • Support for public safety at community events

  • Fire safety

  • Public health

  • Crime prevention

  • Terrorism awareness

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